Many call the beam the most difficult event in women's gymnastics, one that requires all the skills a top gymnast needs: grace, power, control, rhythm, flexibility and — most important — mental focus.
But, several women have competed that vault, unlike the Yurchenko Double Pike vault. So, for now, and the foreseeable future, we think Yurchenko Double Pike vault is the most difficult gymnastics move in the world.
For many gymnasts bars are the easiest. I think for women bars is a unique event. Vault is basically running and tumbling over an object. Floor is tumbling and dance, beam is tumbling and dance.
Many consider the pommel horse to be one of the most difficult of the men's gymnastics events. It requires an enormous amount of practice to master even the most basic skills. Pommel horse routines consist of continuous circular movements interrupted only by the required scissors elements.
While the D score is, theoretically, open-ended, they'll range from the 5s to the mid-6s at the Olympics. Occasionally you'll see someone with a D score in the 7s, but it's a rarity. The second mark is the E score, also known as the execution score. This is the grade for how well the skills are done.
Men typically perform more difficult vaults than women. The top male vaulters often perform double-flipping vaults, such as the handspring double front and Tsukahara double-back. Fewer women perform these.
Pommel horse is considered one of the more difficult men's events. While it is well noted that all events require a certain build of muscle and technique, pommel horse tends to favor technique over muscle.
Usually the most favorite event to the fans, the floor routine, must be choreographed to music and cover the entire floor area. The gymnast must use a variety of dance and tumbling that reflects her personality.
It takes a daredevil to perform a Produnova, the hardest Vault in Women's Gymnastics. The gymnast runs full tilt toward the table, launching herself forward and flipping three times before her feet hit the mat.
ELITE: This is the top level in gymnastics. Only 2% of all gymnasts will compete at this level. Competitions are held at the National and International levels. The gymnasts at this level represent the USA in most international competitions including the Olympics.
A perfect 10 is a score of 10.000 for a single routine in artistic gymnastics, which was once thought to be unattainable—particularly at the Olympic Games—under the code of points set by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG).
Science finally has some facts to prove what we have known all along – Gymnastics is the most difficult sport on the planet, both mentally and physically. And here are the scientific facts and statistics to prove it.
Both sports are very hard, even brutal at times. The high-pressure game environment and physical demands make football in particular a tough sport to be successful in. But if I had to pick one sport as the hardest, I would choose Gymnastics because of the longer and more intense training needed to reach the top.
Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, (born Aug. 11, 1778, Lanz, Brandenburg, Prussia—died Oct. 15, 1852, Freyburg an der Unstrut, Prussian Saxony), the German “father of gymnastics” who founded the turnverein (gymnastics club) movement in Germany.
The uneven bars is similar to the high bar though not exactly the same, and the women don't perform on any apparatuses like the pommel horse or rings. The extra events and the additional physical requirements mean that it's much harder to draft a men's team of just five to cover six events in a team final.
The ancient Romans used gymnastics as part of their military training to improve the strength, balance and flexibility of soldiers. The Greek city-state Sparta required that both sexes be physically fit. Women needed strong bodies so they could bear strong, healthy children.
That brief smile before a routine looks so fake because it's required. For years I've noticed that right before a routine, particularly the vault and floor exercise, female gymnasts yield a brief but very phony-looking smile. The men never do. For the men, it's all business.
The sport has its origins in ancient Greece, where young men underwent intense physical and mental training for warfare. The word stems from the Greek word gymnos, or “naked,”—appropriate, since the youths trained in the nude, performing floor exercises, lifting weights, and racing one another.
Rather than incorporating dance and tumbling together as cohesive choreography, gymnasts and their coaches now treat dance sections as a time to rest. So most gymnasts simply hit a series of awkward poses with little attention to the music. It's not the athletes' fault.
Start Value: The Start Value (SV) of each routine was determined by adding the base score to the bonus points earned from performing difficult elements and combinations. Ideally, a gymnast wanted to have an SV as close to 10.0 as possible.
The highest and lowest scores are dropped, with the three remaining scores averaged for the final Execution Score. The score is determined based on the execution and artistry of a routine with deductions for falls, errors in technique, and execution. Deductions range from 0.1 to 1.0.